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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope tells Cubans “firm moral convictions” are needed overcome economic crisis

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The pope then recalled the visit of John Paul II to the island, calling it “a breath of fresh air to Cuba”.

During his speech Benedict repeated that he traveled to Cuba as a pilgrim of Charity.

Benedict XVI
“Following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims down the centuries, I too wish to go to El Cobre to kneel at the feet of the Mother of God, to thank her for her concern for all her Cuban children, and to ask her to guide the future of this beloved nation in the ways of justice, peace, freedom and reconciliation.”

Benedict XVI also spoke about the economic crisis that has affected much of the world. He said overcoming this crisis requires “upright men and women of firm moral convictions, with noble and strong values who will not be manipulated by dubious interests”.

Benedict XVI
“I am convinced that Cuba, at this moment of particular importance in its history, is already looking to the future, and thus is striving to renew and broaden its horizons. Of great help in this enterprise will be the fine patrimony of spiritual and moral values which fashioned the nation’s true identity.”

Benedict XVI then briefly met with Raul Castro in an airport lounge. Afterward, a military parade sent off the pope to his next visit at the residence of the archbishop of Santiago de Cuba. He then celebrated Mass at the Plaza of Antonio Maceo in honor of 400th anniversary of Our Lady of Charity, the patroness of Cuba.



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